By: Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates world tuberculosis day on 24th of March every year to raise public awareness on the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global epidemic.
World Health Organization stated this on website today to mark the day with theme the clock is ticking. also recalls that the date marks the day in 1882 when dr robert koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.
WHO further said that Tuberculosis remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers, adding that each day, nearly 4000 lose their lives to the decease and close to 28,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease.
The health agency global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 63 million lives since the year 2000.
The global committee of health charges world leaders to put more efforts and commitments to end tuberculosis because the world is running out of time.
WHO also says that covid-19 pandemic that has put end TB progress at risk. assuring that equitable access to prevention and care in line with who’s drive towards achieving universal health coverage.